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Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

June 5th, 2010 in Desserts by
Total cooking time: 2h 30min
Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

Yuriy had his birthday 2 weeks ago, so I decided to cook him a cake. Somehow we ended up eating whole cake just by ourselves; so we will need to work out more now 🙂

I’ve used this simple recipe of homemade cake which is very popular in Russia and other countries of ex-USSR. Because of the sour cream frosting it is often called “smetannik”, which basically mean “made of sour cream” in russian.

If you decide to make this cake – make sure you have enough time to let sour cream to soak to into each layer of the cake after it is assembled; 6-8 hours are usually enough. If you prepare cake a night before you are going to serve it and then put to fridge – it is even better.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: if you leave butter on the room temperature until it so soft so can be mixed in, then you can skip next step. One more word about sweetened condensed milk – I’ve used the same brand which exist in Russia (got it from local russian shop), I never tried local US condensed milk, so I can’t say if it will work the same:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 1
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 1
  2. To melt butter: take 2 cooking pots: one slightly smaller than another, fill bigger pot with water and bring it to boil. Put butter to smaller pot and place it inside of the bigger one, so it is about 1” deep into the water, let butter to melt completely. Then take the cooking pot out of the water and set it aside – butter should cool down to room temperature before it can be added to the batter (by the way, you don’t need the other pot as well, so don’t forget to turn the heat under it off):
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 2
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 2
  3. Add eggs to the mixer bowl and beat together on slow speed with wire attachement, just until mixed, then slowly add melted butter cooled till room temperature:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 3
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 3
  4. Continue mixing until well incorporated:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 4
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 4
  5. Mix in sweetened condensed milk:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 5
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 5
  6. Turn mixer off. Put a teaspoon of baking sode into bigger tablespoon and sprinkle with white vinegar, then fast pour bubbled soda to the batter:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 6
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 6
  7. If there is still soda powder left in the spoon repeat sprinkling it with vinegar until it is all done:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 7
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 7
  8. Start mixer on slow speed and slowly mix in all flour, spoon by spoon. Continue mixing until batter is homogenous:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 8
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 8
  9. Preheat oven till 350F. Pour about half of batter to the springform greased with butter:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 9
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 9
  10. Put springform to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (start checking it with a wooden toothpick at about 15th minute: pierce it till the bottom, if toothpick comes out clean then light cake layer is ready):
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 10
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 10
  11. Take springform from the oven (but don’t turn heat off, you will need it again), let it cool a bit, then carefully get light cake layer put and put a side to cool down:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 11
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 11
  12. While springform is cooling down, mix about 1 table spoon of cocoa powder to the rest of batter in mixer bowl until well incorporated:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 12
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 12
  13. Clean springform with paper towel and grease it again with butter; pour there all of the batter and put springform to the oven:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 13
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 13
  14. Bake dark cake layer for 15-20 mins on 350F until ready (again try with wooden toothpick). Then remove springform from the oven and remove cake from the springform; set it aside and let it cool down till room temperature. Now you can turn heat in oven off:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 14
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 14
  15. When both light and dark cakes are cooled down, cut about 1/3 of the inch from each cake’s edge in circle with a small knife and remove formed crusts:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 15
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 15
  16. Crumble each crust into the bowl, you will use those crumbles for decoration:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 16
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 16
  17. Then cut both cakes in equal halves using a long knife:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 17
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 17
  18. Now it is time to prepare frosting. For this pour sour cream into deep bowl and add sugar:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 18
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 18
  19. Mix them together until sugar dissolves completely:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 19
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 19
  20. Arrange bottom part of dark cake in the middle of the cake stand or big flat plate:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 20
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 20
  21. Spread sour cream on the cake layer using frosting spatula:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 21
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 21
  22. Pierce bottom part of light cake layer with a fork in several places from both sides:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 22
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 22
  23. Arrange it over the black layer on the cake stand:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 23
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 23
  24. Spread a layer of sour cream on top:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 24
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 24
  25. Pierce left part of black cake with a fork the same way you did before with white one:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 25
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 25
  26. Put it on top:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 26
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 26
  27. And again cover with a layer of sour cream:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 27
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 27
  28. Pierce last part of white cake with a fork from both sides and put it on top:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 28
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 28
  29. Cover with layer of sour cream again:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 29
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 29
  30. Using spatula spread sour cream on the sides of the cake. Remove redundant cream from the bottom of the stand with spoon, wipe stand with paper towel if needed:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 30
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 30
  31. Now it is the time to decorate: use crumbles you’ve prepared earlier and spread them evenly on the sides:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 31
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 31
  32. Then use the rest for the top side:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 32
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 32
  33. Put cake to the fridge for several hours, 6-8 hours are good for layers to soak sour cream. After that is ready, slice it up and enjoy:
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 33
    Simple Cake with Sour Cream Frosting Recipe: Step 33

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cher
1 year 5 months ago

Hi! Wondering how many calories in 1 slice of this cake? Thanks!

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Carol K
1 year 6 months ago

I’ve made this cake twice now and it is delicious. Here’s a tip: For the frosting, if you fold your sugar into your sour cream with a spoon, instead of beating or whisking, it will be thicker instead of running everywhere.

Vilma Rosa Nadal
3 years 8 months ago

Julia, reading the recipe again I note two measurements: (1) 0.5 cups flour equals= ? and (2) 0.3 cups sugar
Would you be so kind to clarify for me in: 1/4. 1/3. 1/2, 3/4 or 1 cup. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

abril
4 years 3 months ago

but do you make 2 batters or one???

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